Natalie Portman Tells Harvard Graduates To Take Risks As She Reveals Her Own Secrets

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5:59 pm 28 May, 2015


The Academy Award winner, Natalie Portman, has advised Harvard students to take risks for life-changing rewards, reports Guardian.

Natalie Portman, who was speaking at Harvard College’s class day, advised graduating students that to use their inexperience to their advantage, saying she has learned that taking calculated risks can lead to life-changing rewards.


Portman, who won an Oscar for best actress for ‘Black Swan’, said:

“The point is, if I had known my own limitations I never would have taken the risk. And the risk led to one of my greatest personal and professional achievements.”

The 33-year-old,  who graduated from Harvard in 2003, said:

“Make use of the fact that you don’t doubt yourself too much right now because, as we get older, we get more realistic. Accept your lack of knowledge and use it as your asset.”



Natalie Portman also shared her dark secrets, including her insecurities. She said:

“Some combination of being 19, dealing with my first heartbreak, taking birth control pills that have since been taken off the market for their depressive side effects and spending too much time missing daylight during winter months, led me to some pretty dark moments. There were several occasions I started crying in meetings with professors, overwhelmed with what I was supposed to pull off when I could barely get out of bed in the morning.”